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  • Microsoft just slipped in a bug fix for the new PowerToys – version 0.13 now available

    Posted on November 5th, 2019 at 10:11 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I skipped the wave of announcements about the bulk-file-renaming app in the nostalgically named – but still underwhelming – collection of Microsoft utilities called PowerToys. There’s an official description of version 0.12 here.

    The old XP-era PowerToys were great. But this is the new show.

    Anyway, it seems that the bulk-file-renaming app, called PowerRename, had some significant bugs. And it looks like the snap-to-any-location app called FancyZone had other bugs, which were fixed about a week ago.

    Being the occasionally gullible soul that I am, I went through the usual process to install:

    Step 1. Over on GitHub, click PowerToysSetup.msi to download it

    Step 2. Run the MSI file to step through the Setup Wizard, which is relatively painless.  I personally chose to NOT run the program(s) on startup.

    Step 3. Reboot.

    My first attempt was to prepend the text “Test” to a bunch of files that I’ve selected (in File Explorer, select the files, right-click and choose PowerRename). Ends up I didn’t have the right syntax:

    See how the “Rename” button is grayed out? So I went through the documentation and decided that I needed to use a different syntax involving the “%1” match key:

    That didn’t work either. (Again, Rename is grayed out.)

    So I uninstalled the app. There are much better and more capable (albeit harder to understand) and simpler but predictable third party bulk renaming utilities out there….